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Children's utensils, Roman shades recalled

Fork and spoons sets pose a choking hazard. And Roman shades pose a strangulation risk.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Wednesday of about 127,000 fork and spoon sets.

The sets, made by Peachtree Playthings of Atlanta, involves fork and spoons sets with the image of Scoopy Doo, Tweety and Batman. The middle two prongs of the fork can detach, casing a child to choke. The sets were sold at Dollar Tree Stores and Deals in January for about $1 per set.

If you have one of the sets, take it back to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

And more shades and blinds have been recalled as part of a massive effort last year that recalled thousands of them. The commission has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations in Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001.

Strangulations in Roman shades occur when a child places his neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the back side of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his neck, the commission says in a press release. Strangulations in roll-up blinds occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

If you have Roman shades or blinds at your house ... or really any house that your young child spends a lot of time at, it's worth noting some of these safety tips from the commission.

* Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. The commission recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

* Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to windows with corded window coverings because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.

* Make loose cords inaccessible.

* If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.

This week's recall involves custom-made shades by Lutron Electronics and those sold at Meijer's stores and website.


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